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Haskins Goes Home For The Holidays

Sarah Haskins took time to meet with students at an elementary school in her hometown.

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Olympic Triathlete Sarah Haskins came home for the holidays to High Ridge this week from her winter home in Florida, where she and her husband, Nathan Kortuem, live. Haskins is in training for a push to improve on her 11th place finish in the 2008 Beijing Olympics triathlon. She is hoping to make the U.S. team that will compete in the 2012 Summer Games in London next August.

Photo: Eric Wynn/Life Time Fitness Triathlon Series

She took time to meet with students at Uthoff Valley Elementary School in Fenton where two student assemblies were scheduled to meet Haskins. Her message was clear and simply stated in three words: Think. Do. Achieve.

“Boys and girls, I want you to know that I started in athletics when I was about your age. I started swimming when I was 5 years old. And you can do it, too. You just need to find your passion and set goals,” she said.

Haskins spent nine years on the Parkway Swim Club.

Haskins also talked about running a mile when she was in grade school with a goal of just finishing the distance and then finishing it faster than the last time.

Read more: Ballwin-ellisville.patch.com